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Jackets Defeat the Bruins 5-4 In Overtime Thriller

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- David Vyborny scored his second goal with 1:54 left in overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Tuesday night.

With the Blue Jackets on a two-man advantage, Sergei Fedorov tied the score at 4 with his second goal of the game with only 23 seconds left in regulation. Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus.

Patrice Bergeron extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist for Boston, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Brad Boyes, Wayne Primeau and Stanislav Chistov also scored for the Bruins, who tried to hang onto their lead behind 19 third-period saves by Tim Thomas. Mark Mowers added two assists.

Fedorov tied it with a one-timed slap shot from the right circle on a pass from Vyborny.

Vyborny won it with his ninth goal -- on a breakaway -- while the Bruins were caught making a line change.

With the score tied 2-all entering the second period, Boston gained the momentum behind four power plays and jumped ahead with two goals.

Working off the left half boards, Brad Stuart zipped a centering pass to Chistov, who tipped the puck between the legs of goalie Fredrik Norrena to make it 3-2 at 7:49.

Skating on a two-man advantage 3 minutes later, an open Bergeron curled from the left post and snapped a low shot past Norrena to give the Bruins a two-goal lead with his 12th.

The Blue Jackets found a spark late in the period thanks to Vyborny.

He took a centering pass from Aaron Johnson with his back to the goal, faked inside, spun to the outside and beat a sprawling Thomas with a backhand shot to pull Columbus within a goal.

Despite being dominated early, Boston grabbed the lead when Boyes redirected a point shot by Andrew Alberts to open the scoring at 6:39 of the first.

Columbus responded with two goals in a 1:09 span midway through the period.

After Stuart misplayed the puck near the Boston blue line, Chimera took a pass from Dan Fritsche, cut in toward Thomas and beat him with a backhand move at 12:14.

On a Boston power play, Rick Nash blocked a shot at the Columbus blue line, resulting in a 2-on-1 rush for Columbus. Nash threaded a pass from the left wing to Fedorov, who beat Thomas with a high shot to make it 2-1 at 13:23.

Primeau tied it 2 minutes later, beating a screened Norrena with a wrist shot from the slot.

Game notes
The game was Boston's first of three straight against Western Conference teams to start a four-game road trip. ... Bruins LW P.J. Axelsson returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a broken foot. ... The Blue Jackets put starting goalie Pascal Leclaire (hamstring) and RW Anson Carter (sprained shoulder) on injured reserve.

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